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  • Sondeka Awards Releases List Of Nominees

Creatives Garage is a cultural organization and hub for artists and innovators that allows them express themselves, network and learn from their peers. For years, Creatives Garage has, though its brand Sondeka Festival showcased and highlighted the vast wealth of imagination and talent that Kenya has to offer. 

This year Creatives Garage looks to award these very same artists and innovators with the help of the public via the Sondeka Awards. In order to get a nomination applicants had to fall under a selection of categories; Dance, Alternative/­Experimental music, Poetry and Spoken word, Traditional Art, Digital Art, Short Stories, Live Bands, and Online Radio and Podcasts. 

“Over the years I’ve come to realize that creatives need some form of recognition especially in Kenya where exposure is limited to a select few. We hope the awards will change that” Liz Kilili, founder and Chief Mechanic, Creatives Garage.

After a one month application period, Creatives Garage is delighted to present to you the list of nominees for public voting today, the14th of March 2017. Our panel of judges selected the final nominees from a pool of over 130 successful applicants. The criteria the panelists used to choose their finalists were: 


Selection Criteria


technique, process


delivery, implementation

Quality of craft

professional output, look and feel, finesse (quality control)


What new thing was brought into the table, was media was used to put out the work unique

Overall experience

How it makes you feel


Due to a very highly competitive nomination process two categories, Spoken Word and Poetry and Alternative/­Experimental music, have five nominees each while the rest have three

Inaugural 2018 Sondeka Awards Nominees


Sondeka Awards nomination list




Traditional Art

Winter Oirya


David Maina


Oscar Osumo


Poets and Spoken word

Nicole Akinyi


Michael Onsando


Mumbi Macharia


Tessy Aura


Stori za Kapedo


Digital Art

Wanjiru Thiong’o


Feysal Anthony Nair


Anne Gichuki


Alternative/Experimental music

Steve Biko/ G-cho Pevu


Abakisimba Troupe


Ayrosh N/A


L.O.T Group


Linda Girl Group


Short Stories

Mark Maish


James Gicheru


Mishi Khalid




Mwihaki Muraguri



Bboy Harry


Dancing Biochemist


Oneal Otutu


Live Bands

Maia Von Lekow


Tetu Shani


Grand Master Masese


Online radio and Podcasts

Omenerds Podcast


Sasabasi live




Voting starts on 14th March 2018 and ends on 24th March 2018. To vote go to www.sondeka.org. Voters must select for all categories and can vote once a day for the next ten days.


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